ESC-20 is one of 20 regional service centers established by the Texas State Legislature to provide services to schools within defined geographic regions. ESC-20, located in San Antonio, Texas, serves more than 465,000 students and 127 independent school districts, charters, and private schools across 20 counties in the San Antonio Region of Texas.

ESC-20 has an established history of providing technology services, including transport and Internet access to local school districts and charters utilizing the consortium model. In 2017, more than 70 districts and charter schools participated in an RFP process for the ESC-20 Fiber Consortium. The winning bid proposed the use of over 750 miles of existing “dark” fiber and the additional build of approximately 557 miles of new fiber.  Of the 60 participating LEA’s approximately 50% are rural districts who were limited by existing infrastructure and the vast majority of new fiber was in these areas.  In 2019 the consortium was expanded to include a second project including rural libraries and additional LEA’s that missed the original 2017 project. ESC-20 received an approved Funding Commitment Decision Letter (RFCDL) for construction in Feb 2019, and a Revised RFCDL in Aug 2019 with an approved construction extension to July 2020. To date, the build out is approximately 75% of sites have completed the personal property build, 90% of sites have been permitted or are submitted, and 95% of engineering is complete.  The project is on target to finish by May 2020. ESC-20 is awaiting approval for the 2019 additions. Read More…